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Lycoming College will host clean energy advocate Mark Szybist’s presentation, “Pennsylvania at an Energy Crossroads: A Decade of Shale Gas, and Where We Go Now,” on Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Jane Schultz Room on the Lycoming College campus. The lecture is the second in the Lycoming College 2017-18 Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) Speaker Series, which is focused on Marcellus Shale gas development — where we stand ten years into development, as well as what to expect during the next decade. The event is free and open to the public.
Lycoming College’s ideal positioning — at a gateway to the Marcellus Shale region — puts students at a unique advantage to examine the complex issues related to modern energy systems. The CEF seeks to engage the College community in the nation’s ongoing conversation about energy through its energy science and energy studies curriculum, student-faculty research, field experiences and internships.
Szybist is senior advocate for the Energy and Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In that role, he advocates for clean energy policies in Pennsylvania that will reduce global warming, create quality jobs and ensure environmental justice. Prior to joining NRDC, Szybist served as a staff attorney for Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, where he focused on Marcellus Shale gas drilling litigation and policy.
“We are pleased to bring Szybist to campus and to continue to expose students and the general public to a diverse array of perspectives on the critical energy system questions we, as Pennsylvanians, Americans, and indeed human beings, face,” said Jonathan Williamson, associate professor of political science and chair of the department, as well as CEF director. “Lycoming’s interdisciplinary and inclusive engagement on vital questions about our energy future exemplify the College’s commitment to engendering students’ critical thinking skills and ability to seek out evidence-based truths, both hallmarks of a liberal arts and sciences education.”
Szybist’s presentation is sponsored by the Lycoming College CEF, and in part by a Williams Community Grant.